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A Sad State Of Affairs, Indeed


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#1 Andrew

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 04:22 AM

This struck me as so odd, that I just had to post it.

About a year ago, I wrote a little program and released it as freeware. You probably never heard of it, or any other ones I've made. I'm no super-programmer, and my apps tend to be small, single-purpose, and aimed at a small audience.

The app in question, submitted to Softpedia and subsequently scraped by other sites, is completely free. There is no registration, serial nuber, nothing.

And yet, I find websites offering "crackz" and keygens for it. :thumbsup:

Obviously the rampant piracy of freeware, bypassing the painstakingly absent protection mechanisms, and depriving authors of all the income that could be derived from not charging for programs is serious business. I'm losing, literally, thousands of quatloos* here every second!

Seriously, though, how weird and stupid is that?

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 04:31 AM

LOL!

I searched on google one day "Your Momma keygen crack warez" and I got a result for it!
I laughed my a$$ off for hours :thumbsup: :laughing:

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 04:58 AM

LOL!

I searched on google one day "Your Momma keygen crack warez" and I got a result for it!
I laughed my a$$ off for hours :spam: :laughing:


:thumbsup: :flowers: :trumpet: :inlove: :cool: YOUR MOMMA KEYGEN!!!!!!
Don't tell me there's a real program with that name :) :P B)

As for your freeware being released with a keygen/crack... if you look at any huge pirating site, they have everything available for download, all with filenames ending with "full download" "full cracked""patched version""with keygen" etc.
If you take a deeper look, they're at least 500MB big. Up to a few GB.
Considering that they may have stuff as small as RenameMaster (very very tiny program, 1.2MB standalone) that're >650MB, one must wonder what the heck they bundle in with the program. Surely their cracks/keygens aren't that complicated?

:) On the quatloos. I'd be happy to donate but I'm out of quatloos >_>
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 05:15 AM

THere's a quatloo shortage, you know.

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 07:27 AM

again curiosity getting the better of me, I too have done a google search for 'an item'

if google has all those 'crack' items available ( and sites evidently gotten themselves registered with google and folks visiting them) no wonder there seems to be no end to the number of computers getting infected :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 08:49 AM

Keep googling the crack/warez things and you are going to get a big surprise.
Use caution when researching such things, the wrong click and say goodbye to your machine :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 11:09 AM

Are you two referring to trojans and backdoors and such?
Technically it should be common sense that these things are too good to be true... :thumbsup:
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 02:21 PM

Keep googling the crack/warez things and you are going to get a big surprise.
Use caution when researching such things, the wrong click and say goodbye to your machine :thumbsup:


This be true. Yarr.

*Amazing Andrew smugly reminds people that Linux suffers not from such maladies.

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 02:25 PM

Keep googling the crack/warez things and you are going to get a big surprise.
Use caution when researching such things, the wrong click and say goodbye to your machine :thumbsup:


This be true. Yarr.

*Amazing Andrew smugly reminds people that Linux suffers not from such maladies.


How does Linux protect people from cracks and warez? :flowers:
My OpenSuse Live CD has issues T_T It either remains as an ISO on the CD even when I try to burn an image to disc, or nothing gets on the CD. Phooey.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 04:22 PM

About a year ago, I wrote a little program and released it as freeware......

......And yet, I find websites offering "crackz" and keygens for it. :thumbsup:

Seriously, though, how weird and stupid is that?

Stupid is as Stupid does I'd guess , Would bet they have "tweaked" it as well

How does Linux protect people from cracks and warez? :flowers:

First let me say IMHO, any body who uses a cracked/warez version of software deserves what they get, the bad part is that not only do they take a chance of royally screwing up their box but of those they come in contact with.
Basically to get a virus on Linux you have to go look for one, download it (probably a tarball) un-tarball it , install it , and give it permission to run as root. For more elaborate info on the subject :trumpet:
http://www.linux.com/articles/60208
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/10/06/li...indows_viruses/
http://www.techthrob.com/tech/linuxav.php

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:33 PM

Tarballs :thumbsup: That sounds funny.
Guess that's one more point for Linux from me :D
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 06:36 PM

My OpenSuse Live CD has issues T_T It either remains as an ISO on the CD even when I try to burn an image to disc, or nothing gets on the CD. Phooey.


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Posted 28 April 2008 - 06:43 PM

Thanks :D
I feel stupid now :flowers:
The whole time I was choosing the wrong burning option :thumbsup:
Oh yeah why do people even distribute warez? Some are actually real, and they get no money. o.O???
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 01:15 AM

Some people (usually organizations) distribute warez for money. For others, it's the challenge of defeating copy protection. Still others do it for no apparent reason.

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 01:38 AM

I had no idea you could distribute warez for money.
:thumbsup: Sigh. This shows how having too much bad time on your hands is a bad thing. They should be doing more beneficial things to societry >:flowers:
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